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Two Chinese Experts Call for Beijing to Do More to Provide Non-Vaccine Assistance to Combat COVID in Africa

A shipment of Sinopharm COVID vaccines arriving in the Ivory Coast as part of a distribution through the global COVAX alliance. Image via Xinhua.

Simply shipping more jabs to Africa will not be enough to fulfill Chinese President Xi Jinping’s commitment to make COVID vaccines a “global public good,” argued two experts in a column published this week on the site “China and International Development.

Instead, Lu Xin, an advisor to the National Development Research Institute at Peking University and Shen Dichai, CEO of Boruizhi Consulting, contend that it’s equally important to focus on so-called “non-vaccine support” that includes the logistics and infrastructure needed to get the vaccines to the right places.

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